Review: A Need So Beautiful

Title: A Need So Beautiful
Author: Suzanne Young


We all want to be remembered. Charlotte’s destiny is to be Forgotten…

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences.

I kind of want to do a duel review of this book and it’s sequel just to compare the two. Ah well, I’ll describe the differences in the second book’s review.

A Need So Beautiful is about Charlotte, an orphan child who has no memory of her past before she was found at the age of six. She’s had “the Need” for a while, which is like an impulse that she has to follow that usually results in helping someone else, and often hurting herself or those she loves. As the Needs become stronger and stronger, those around her begin to forget about her, forget their memories of her, and they’ll keep forgetting until there’s nothing left of Charlotte – in body, mind, and soul.

I found this books captivating. I’ve read a few other reviews where people were like ‘eh’ but I couldn’t put this book down. I loved the mystery of it, and the over all idea was interesting, different. It was like angel-like idea, but it wasn’t like the fallen angel idea. Instead, Charlotte grows up not really knowing what she is.

We get to understand everything that’s happening to Charlotte as it happens. We discover what/who she is when she does, and there’s something to that that makes it easy to connect with her character, to feel what she feels ’cause to both the reader and the characters, everything is new, it’s a surprise and you both experience it at the same time – the surprise, the denial, the pain. That kind of just made everything more interesting.

The pain, I think that was the thing that hit me the hardest. Honestly, no one should have to be forgotten…

Also, the ending of the novel was a surprise, and it made me want to read the second book immediately.

Honestly, it wasn’t the best book on the planet, there were holes and the insta-love thing was blah, and the writing wasn’t the best writing. But there was something about it that kept me reading. The real merit of the novel, in the end, were the emotions.

Plot: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.75/5

“I have to live if I want to be remembered.”

“You’ll make a sucky father someday,” I tell him with a smile. “I feel sorry for the kid that doesn’t get to burst into light to get out of your house.”
He chokes out a laugh. “Is it my sarcasm?”
“Definitely. And that obnoxious accent.”

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